ABC Picks Up No Ordinary Family

According to the Wrap ABC have picked up No Ordinary Family a superhero drama about the Powell’s family an average American family. They develop superpowers after the family’s plane crashes into the Amazon River Basin.


Jim Powell:  Michael Chiklis (The Shield)
Stephanie Powell:  Julie Benz (Dexter) -a gifted scientist who develops a power for superspeed.
JJ Powell: Jimmy Bennett (“Star Trek”)
Daphne Powell: Kay Panabaker (Summerland)

Katie Andrews: Autumn Reeser – perky lab assistant
George St. Cloud: Romany Malco (Weeds) – the Jim’s best friend and old college roommate.
Yvonne Cho: Christina Chang (24) – a young police officer who works at the same precinct Jim.
Mitch McCutcheon: Tate Donovan (Damages) – the pilot of the family’s plane that crashes into the Amazon

The Powells are pretty much your average, everyday American family. That is until their plane crashes in the Amazon jungle. After that, well, let’s just say the Powells are a little less ordinary.

Jim is a frustrated police sketch artist married to Stephanie, a brilliant and successful scientist. Although they still love each other, their marriage has lost some of its spark. All of that changes, though, when Stephanie takes Jim and their two teenage kids along on a research trip to the Amazon. The Powell’s plane crashes into a swampy river; they manage to escape, but, their pilot, unfortunately, isn’t so lucky. As the Powells gratefully return to their old lives, they are shocked to discover that they have suddenly developed some rather extraordinary abilities.

Jim is super strong with amazing reflexes. Stephanie can suddenly move at lightning speed. Daphne can hear everyone’s thoughts including those of her 16-year-old-boyfriend, ick! Then there’s JJ, who miraculously goes from clueless to brainiac, seemingly overnight. The Powells are reinvigorated by their new powers, but they quickly discover that the toughest challenges may be the most ordinary ones. Sure, they can stop criminals, but all the super powers in the world can’t fix emotional problems.

The Powells better get their act together, soon, though, because that pilot they left for dead at the bottom of a river… he just woke up.

From Brother & Sisters’ Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman comes a wild new dramedy about a totally relatable family who just happen to be a little bit amazing.

Source: The Wrap, the futon critic